For the past decade, SOCAN (the Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada) has been determining the song of the year with its annual Songwriting Prize for Canadian song of the year. For its 10th edition this year, the national publishing rights organization expanded the list of songs from 5 to 10, before handing the shortlist over to the public to vote for the winner. The votes are in, and the winner is the Vancouver pop duo Dear Rouge for their radio staple "I Heard I Had."
With that, Dear Rouge are $10,000 richer. They also win a Martin guitar, a Yamaha keyboard, $500 in credit from Long & McQuade, 20 hours in the studio with producer Timothy Abraham, and vocal coaching.
It makes sense for SOCAN to have expanded the shortlist this year to 10. Dear Rouge beat out some serious competition, including the huge, inescapable "Archie, Marry Me" by Alvvays, which recently brought the Toronto band to Glastonbury, and Kiesza's viral hit "Hideaway."
So we're going to give you that whole list below to listen through (it's worth your time), but first you should definitely read this gem from the Chart Attack archive about the very first edition, won by Winnipeg O.G.s Propagandhi, in which they explain why SOCAN membership fits in with their punk values.
Here are the nine other nominees from the 2015 SOCAN Songwriting Prize: